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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jan 23, 2014 11:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: The Wit and Wisdom of Owsley

For those who haven't seen it, here's a recent post of Bear's messages in an email exchange back in the '90s:
http://deadsources.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-few-words-with-bear-1998-1999.html

The main topics are recording techniques, proper diet, art, religion & astrology, and the coming ice age. It's often pretty funny, and perhaps gives you an idea of what it was like to be around him being constantly lectured. He was a cranky guy, and it seems few people got along with him. Jerry said of him, "There's nothing wrong with Bear that a few billion less brain cells wouldn't cure."
He must've had similar email correspondence with quite a few people.

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Poster: Skobud Date: Jan 23, 2014 5:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Wit and Wisdom of Owsley

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Poster: merryjerry1 Date: Jan 24, 2014 11:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Wit and Wisdom of Owsley

Great link!

When did Bear move to Australia? And when, maybe, did he start talking about doing so, I wonder? Is that line about movin' to Australia by Weir just prior to the 'Estimated Prophet' at the 7/8/78 Red Rocks show in reference to Bear?

https://archive.org/details/gd1978-07-08.sbd.miller.106070.flac16

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jan 24, 2014 11:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Wit and Wisdom of Owsley

He moved to Australia in the early '80s.
The book Conversations with the Dead has an account (p.292) about meeting Bear at Phil's house circa 1984:
"He arrived with a map of the world showing the mean temperatures at the height of the last Ice Age and delivered a 90-minute lecture on a thermal cataclysm that he said would begin with a six-week rainstorm and leave the entire Northern Hemisphere uninhabitable. Where would we go to survive this? To north-central Australia... When Bear passed around the Australian visa applications, we all accepted them politely but noncommittally."

More details on his meat diet:
"When he was younger, Bear read about the Eskimos eating only fish and meat and became convinced that humans are meant to be exclusively carnivorous. The members of the Grateful Dead remember living with Bear for several months in 1966 in Los Angeles, where the refrigerator contained only bottles of milk and a slab of steak, meat they fried and ate straight out of the pan. His heart attack several years ago had nothing to do with his strict regimen, according to Bear, but more likely the result of some poisonous broccoli his mother made him eat as a youth."
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/For-the-unrepentant-patriarch-of-LSD-long-2581601.php

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 25, 2014 11:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Wit and Wisdom of Owsley

I assume everyone recognizes that Bear is a CHAMPION of the Naturalistic Fallacy, alluded to elsewhere on the board.

It just doesn't fly (what "is" is not necessarily ever what "should" be...Eskimos included).

If you really want to discuss our dentition, and what it suggests about the "primary diet" our teeth have evolved with, its clearly omnivorous...but, like all primates, eating meat is a very real part of it, if you examine all prehistory humanoids, SDH included.

;)

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Poster: merryjerry1 Date: Jan 25, 2014 1:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Wit and Wisdom of Owsley

Nice, thanks.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffMonte B Cowboy Date: Jan 23, 2014 12:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Wit and Wisdom of Owsley

Leave it to Bear to visualize the Polar Cyclones theory, and relocate to Queensland because of it.
http://kubby.com/GlobalStorming/polarcyclones.html

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Poster: Reade Date: Jan 23, 2014 12:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Wit and Wisdom of Owsley

Leave it to Bear to be down on, um, vegetables. And calling meat a cure for diabetes is pretty rich.
http://harvardmagazine.com/2012/01/a-diabetes-link-to-meat

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 23, 2014 7:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Wit and Wisdom of Owsley

Oh, I'm sure he'd have argued those Harvard scientists into submission. They'd have been nodding exhaustedly, even as he went on about how meat never causes cancer and the world as we know it would end in a storm of ice and then be renewed by, well, him and his family, apparently.

My time's comin any day, don't worry bout me, no ..

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Jan 24, 2014 1:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Wit and Wisdom of Owsley

South Indian(Kerala) folks who eat tons of rice and no meat are severely plagued by diabetes and hypertension.

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Poster: Reade Date: Jan 24, 2014 2:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Wit and Wisdom of Owsley

I would suspect they suffer from malnutrition as well.

I'm sure there are any number of bad diets- including some that include meat -that can contribute to any number of health problems.
But citing one as a way of addressing the red meat / diabetes issue is a connection I have a tough time making.

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Poster: merryjerry1 Date: Jan 24, 2014 11:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Wit and Wisdom of Owsley


Grass fed cows are healthier to eat than corn fed cows.

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Poster: c-freedom Date: Jan 24, 2014 11:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Wit and Wisdom of Owsley

He would have had a real BEAR of a time with that in India.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 25, 2014 11:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Wit and Wisdom of Owsley

This is what happens to grass fed beef in Queensland, I can assure you...sorry, you have to click.

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